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Courtesy of [email protected] - Posted with permission.
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Members, I have extracted all the so-called "Touareg Secrets" from different Topic Threads I could find over the last month. They are listed below. Some edited down ... and all without credit to their originator ... or .... any spelling-checks).
CERTAINLY, I have not checked them all out on my own loaded V8 but, they MAY be worth your time printing out (about 3 pages) and carrying with you.

REMEMBER, Some apply to NAV Radio ... or ... Std. Radio only ... many others also apply only to other specific options only.

SO, Please do not post a thread that refutes an item unless you have the appropriate equipment and have checked it out. However, please do point out confirmed errors for the benefit of others.

LASTLY, If you have a confirmed NEW "secret", then post in it such detail that others can use without question about engine/option/attachment, etc. Maybe even assign it a new sequential number ... mine below have no other significance.

MOSTLY, Have FUN!:



- Touareg Secret #1: On the turn signal stalk, push it half way to blink 5 times, great for changing lanes.

- Touareg Secret #2: Hold the "day/night" switch on NAV for 3 seconds to turn off the NAV screen completely.

- Touareg Secret #3: Hold the Climate Control Auto button down for 3 secs and you can change both sides just by the drivers side. Once you mess with the passenger side one you will loss the sync between both and you will have to hold the auto button again for 3 secs to resync both sides.
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- Touareg Secret #4: The two 2 roof racks are different in aerodynamics. Their is a angled rack and a flat rack. Make sure the angled rack is placed in the rear postion while the non-angled rack is in the front. If you don't and have it the other way around you could have a real bad roof shimmy. It will sound like the entire car is shaking apart.

- Touareg Secret #5: They probably all do this but, when you unlock the doors the head lights come on. The HID's adjust themselves so, it looks like its winking at you.

- Touareg Secre #6t: There's an emergency release strap for the fuel filler door located in the right-hand compartment in the trunk area.

- Touareg Secret #7: I found a little trick today. If you wipers are going at full speed and you are driving, then when you stop say at a redlight or something, your wipers will stop also. When you push the accelerator your wipers will start back up again

- Touareg Secret #8: You can’t rev the engine above 4000 RPM while in Park with the engine running.

- Touareg Secret #9: During a repair for a Touareg that does not run, be careful. When you turn the key to start and the engine crank request has been received by J518, cranking will last approximately 10 seconds. The way to stop this long attempted start is to turn key back from the twelve o'clock position (rest) to the ten o'clock position (same position as needed to emergency remove key from lock cylinder).

- Touareg Secret #10: The issue with the compass at this time is the compass goes off after 30-45 seconds. Although this meets design criteria, it was suggested that Training provide tips how to explain the feature to avoid customer annoyance. Here's what I've discovered... so try and give this to your Touareg Service Technician:

The issue with the compass at this time is "normal." The information below is how to change this function. Because it will be in a tech bulletin you can share this.
- Address word 6E
- Function 10
- Channel 1
- Rest to 0 0
The display will stay on with the key on.
This can only be done in service with the 5051 either during PDI or during a customer visit.

- Touareg Secret #11: When you shift the Touareg into reverse, the climate control automatically turns on the Recirculation feature, regardless of setting.

- Touareg Secret #12: If a turn signal is left on then when the key is removed, the parking lights for that side of the car will remain on. This is a European parking aid, for parking on narrow streets. All techs should be made aware of this in case a customer comes in thinking they have a problem with parking lights staying on, on one side of the car with the ignition key removed.

- Touareg Secret #13: If you crank the volume of the stereo without power, the volume button is easy to turn to infinity. But do the same thing with the stereo on and you'll feel resistance in the knob when you turn the dial.

- Touareg Secret #14: So, what happens if you're off-roading and you run out of windshield washer fluid.? When you lift the hood (if equipped with 4 corner air suspension) the front end will dive a little bit. Don't worry about bringing a stepladder to add your fluid!

- Touareg Secret #15: The Touareg has an anti-tow alarm, which must be disabled if the vehicle is being towed. The switch is next to the driver’s seat.

- Touareg Secret #16: If the Touareg battery dies while the keys are in the ignition, they cannot be removed. The keys will only be able to be removed when you charge up the battery. (Also, see #26 below)

- Touareg Secret #17: If the remote key is sitting in the Touareg, the vehicle will detect it and not allow itself to be locked.

- Touareg Secret #18: I found that if electrical components didn’t respond or were slow to respond to switch movement (such as locks, mirrors, windows, or anything controlled by the electrical control unit), I had to disconnect the battery and connect the cables together to discharge all systems and reset all control units as needed. Then all system worked normally! (Watch out HERE!)

- Touareg Secret #19: No more waiting or wondering when the battery in the remote will fail. In the center display in the instrument cluster, there is a key symbol that will illuminate when the ignition is switched on and the battery in remote is weak or dead.

- Touareg Secret #20: On Touaregs with air suspension, the air pump will shut itself off it is starts to overheat.

- Touareg Secret #21: If you press the small button on the side of the steering column, the steering wheel and seat will automatically move out of the way to make your entry/exit easier, and then readjust to your preset position when you put the key in the ignition.

- Touareg Secret #22: (There was a "how to" on how to open the hood if the latch is busted, but I didn't think it was a good idea to tell the world how to get into the engine bay without getting into the car...)

- Touareg Secret #23: The stereo should get louder the faster you drive and turn down when you slow down. If you have the regular stereo, press the menu button and adjust the speed compensation. If you have a Nav unit, look for the GALA option, and turn it up.
(Reply#1): I don't know why some are seeing the GALA nomenclature in the NAV radio. I vagged mine and don't. Anyway, try SDV in the tone settings --> Volume. It is the same thing
(Reply #2): If you are VAGGED to Euro settings, it should be called GALA and as aircooled says it is in the volume menu which is in the tone control menu, which is accessed with the music button on the lower left side of the radio. If you are still on US settings, this is called SDV for speed dependant volume. Same location, different name.

- Touareg Secret #24: Even when I was warming the cabin, the vent in the glove box was still cooling. I find this very strange. I would have figured that the vent was connected to the regular ventilation system and would blow air based on the temperature the passengers were calling for. But somehow, VW is putting cool air in the glove box in the winter and summer, regardless of whether you are using the A/C or heating system. Not sure that I care for this added level of complexity.

- Touareg Secret #25: I have always found B'n Betty, [British version - NAV voice] a bit loud for my ear. I have finally cracked the code. I hope I am not the last. Push the music note button under the volume knob. Push the volume soft key. Adjust NAV volume to minimum ... you can also mute it. Check it out. If it is still too loud, go back and start turning "initial volume" UP.
(Reply): Changing the verbal language also changes the text. However, the changes in terms are slight, and are in keeping with English conventions. So far, I haven't come across a term, written or verbal, on the NAVI that I don't understand, and have kept it at the imperial English setting.

- Touareg Secret #26: If you should loose power to the Touareg, the ONLY way to get you key out of the ignition is to insert the PAPER CLIP or SAFETY PIN in the small hole right next to the key.

- Touareg Secret #27:
 

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Are these all from the owner's manual. Do you know if there is a on-line owner's manual. I am going to buy a T-reg, but the dealer won't let me see the owner's manual until the time I actually buy.

I was wanting, first, before I buy, to run down the list of all the features to see how they work and if they work. After reading some posts here and elsewhere, it seems each new T-reg comes with a fault or two, but that's not bad since it has so many features.
 

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Unfortunately, the owner's manual is horrid. It lacks most details. Most of the items posted above were found by Touareg owners who were just playing around.


Check the manufacture date of the Touareg before you buy it. Its on a metal piece on the right side of the driver's door frame. Mine is 08/04. The later the better, as the bugs are seemingly being fixed fairly quickly at VW.

My 08/04 T-Reg had the small center headrest already. That might be another good indicator.
 

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They spend 100's of millions of dollars designing a car and they have a horrid owner's manual that do not list all the functions? This is unacceptable. Why is it I hit these brick walls where the answer is 'that is the way it is'?
 

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Don't get me wrong... the manual does show most of the features... but sometimes the descriptions are lacking. Also there are many minor features that aren't in the book.

Sorry I don't have a better reason as to why the manual is not complete...

By being a member of this and other Touareg forums, I had no use for the manual, before or after my purchase. Keep reading and asking questions. We're all in the same boat (or will be soon) so we're here to help.
 

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NAV verbal volume

RE: Secret #25:

I found that if I turn the regular volume. while NAV is talking, the inset screen shows NAV volume and changes only the voice, not the radio.


Sounds easier than the suggestion in the secret. Hope this helps.
 

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RE: Secret #15

I originally asked why my V8 didn't have the two buttons shown in the manual for overiding tilt and internal movement. I was told that they were only on Euro trucks, not the US. Does your TReg have the buttons next to the drivers seat??
 

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vinnylv said:
I originally asked why my V8 didn't have the two buttons shown in the manual for overiding tilt and internal movement. I was told that they were only on Euro trucks, not the US. Does your TReg have the buttons next to the drivers seat??
My v8 (#34851) doesn't have them. Kinda sucks but I love everything else about the Touareg.
 

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do you mean the button on the sides of the steering wheel??? cuzz i have those.
If equiped, they are down low on the inside of the b-pillar (between the driver's side front and rear doors). They are shown in the owner's manual under "Anti-theft alarm system", page 3.1:49 in mine.
 

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Thanks for all the help!!

Funny though, my V8 TReg DID rev to over 4000 rpm while in park. Perhaps my parking brake was on and that may have allowed it??

My friend with an ML430 said that his truck won't rev to over 4000 rpm in park and we were surprised to see that mine did.

I am pissed that my sales guy didn't know about #3. Damn, that is great news. I was always pissed when it did that in my A6.... and I bet this would have worked for that too.......


Sean.
 

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How do I solve my Stop! Ignition lock Problem.
I got the key out with the little button next to the ignition, but the car wont turn over.
Is there any type of electrical interrupt that can be accessed.
 

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How do I solve my Stop! Ignition lock Problem.
I got the key out with the little button next to the ignition, but the car wont turn over.
Is there any type of electrical interrupt that can be accessed.
Have you ever changed the battery in that vehical?
 

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Another small but thoughtful feature is that when the rear hatch is left open the interior lights go off after 15 or so minutes,saving the batt. The red light on the hatch stays on as a warning.
 

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our V.W Dealer'' tech'', told us that everytime you got in to start the ''Touareg'' step on the Brake pedel when you first insert the key or have them on you or in the car ...hitting the brake pedel clears all electric controls back to Normal sittings??

he also told us if we use the button to start the car as long as the remote key-fob was in our possision or in the car..its a good Idea to insert the remote key fob in the igition to charge the battery in the remote key fob from time to time.
I don't know if this is true or not?
 

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The brake pedal thing isn't true, and yes the keyfob does "recharge" from the ignition, however, I don't think it's the end of the world if you don't put it back in... worst case, if the "Key battery empty" warning pops up, then put it in the ignition for a bit :p
 

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Found this post while trying to figure out why my 04 (loaded, with nav, etc.) was warning "parking light on" as I was trying to exit the vehicle last night. (Couldn't figure out why it magically stopped the next time I drove the vehicle either). Couldn't find anything in the manual, but here it was! Thanks.

While it is not a secret, I suppose, I was trying to adjust my passenger mirror the other day and twisted knob all the way to the right. My mirrors folded back. Pretty cool option. Suppose I should read my manual more completely, but it is fun to discover these things by surprise too! Same with the heated steering wheel!
 
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